December 12, 2019


FHWA – National Highway Institute
1310 North Courthouse Road , Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201

Contact Hours



This course will introduce students to the principles of traffic control devices and the fundamentals of evaluating the need for and the implications of decisions to install traffic control devices.  Students will gain an appreciation of how the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) can be used to support decisions concerning traffic control devices.  Traffic control devices are critical to ensuring the safe and efficient flow of people, traffic and goods on the surface transportation system.  The appropriate installation, maintenance and operation of traffic control devices are critical to ensuring the safe and efficient operation of these facilities.


All public agencies and owners of private roads open to public travel across the nation rely on the MUTCD to bring uniformity to the use of traffic control devices.  The MUTCD defines the minimum standards and provides guidance to ensure uniformity and consistency with how traffic control devices are designed, installed, maintained, operated, and managed on streets and highways open to public travel.  Decisions to design and install traffic control devices for specific applications should be based on an engineering study and use of engineering judgment.  This ability to evaluate the need for, design, install, maintain, and operate traffic control devices is foundational to sound traffic and transportation management.


States adopt the National MUTCD as their legal State standard for traffic control devices.  The FHWA released a comprehensive update to the MUTCD and adopted the 2009 Edition of the MUTCD on December 16, 2009.  The topics and material that will be covered in this course will be based on the 2009 MUTCD.  Participants will develop an appreciation for how to use the MUTCD; what are traffic control devices; signs; markings; highway traffic signals; and traffic control devices for special applications.




Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain who should use the MUTCD and when it must be used in Virginia;
  • Discuss how the regulatory, warning and guide signs differ;
  • Describe how engineering studies support decisions to install or remove traffic control devices;
  • Discuss how to use the MUTCD when making decisions to install traffic control devices; and

Describe how warrants are used to install or remove traffic signals or signs


Jon Obenberger

Jon Obenberger is lecturer for the University of Virginia’s Transportation Training Academy, the Essentials of Engineering Excellence Program, and the Transportation Project Management Institute (TPMI).


Dr. Obenberger has over 33 years of experience with leading programs, policy initiatives, projects, and day-to-day activities related to the planning, design, and operation of highways and local streets for local, regional, state, and Federal agencies.  Dr. Obenberger is also a Senior Transportation Research Engineer in the Office of Operations Research and Development for the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) in McLean, VA.  Dr.  Obenberger leads initiatives and projects to advance the active management, operation and deployment of the next generation of traffic management systems and centers, the integration of these systems with connected and automated vehicles, and travelers using connected mobile devices.  From 2004 to 2013, as the Preconstruction Team Leader he led a wide variety of initiatives aimed at advancing design practices nationally, enhancing FHWA’s design discipline, and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of FHWA’s stewardship and oversight of the Federal-aid highway program.  Dr. Obenberger serves on numerous national committees and task forces.  Dr. Obenberger member of TRB’s Traffic Control Devices Committee, member of TRB’s Active Traffic Management (ATM) Task Force, and former Chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Freeway Operations Committee (2012-2018).  From 2004 to 2013 he was the secretary of the AASHTO Preconstruction Engineering Management Technical Committee.  Dr. Obenberger earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. degree from Virginia Tech.  He is a licensed professional engineer in Wisconsin.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for engineers, planners, technicians, and researchers from State, local agency, Metropolitan Planning Organization, consultants and contractors, and academic institutions who are responsible for planning, designing, implementing, operating, evaluating, or approving traffic control devices or highway improvement projects and other types of projects on the surface transportation system that include traffic control devices.

Registration and Payment

The following registration fees cover the session, all course materials and meals:

Local Government: $75.00
State/Federal: $125.00
Private Industry: $300.00

Click here for UVA TTA's general registration information, cancellation policy, and refund policy. UVA TTA accepts the following credit cards: American Express, VISA, MasterCard, and Discover. Credit card information cannot be taken over the phone. Alternatively, after registering you can print out a voucher to send in with your payment. After you have completed the transaction you will receive an automatically generated email confirming registration and payment if applicable. Final confirmation and instructions will be sent out during the week prior to the class date.

Don't have access to a computer?
to get a paper registration form (PDF). Print it out, complete it, and email, mail or FAX it to our office following the instructions on the form. Include your check or government purchase order with your registration form. Please note that emailed or faxed-in registration forms will be considered as a "provisional booking" until payment is received. For more information, call our office at (434) 982-2897, fax at (434) 982-2856 or email uva-tta@virginia.edu